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Road Network Software - Quickly Generate Plan & Profile of Multiple Roads

ESurvey Road Network

Road Network

  Plan, Profile, Cross Section Creation in Single step

Road Network
Plan, Profile and Cross Section Creation in Single Step Create Plan, Profile and Cross Sections for all the Roads of Layout in Single Step Visualize difference in formation Level at intersections

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This module contains set of tools to prepare the complete package to prepare drawings for a layout or a network of Alignments. It can be widely used in preparation of comprehensive drawings for a typical residential layouts, small township development, Road network etc.. The base map with levels and alignments is opened for processing and the following steps are followed to complete the analysis.

1.Give a Unique name to all the alignments, which could vary from text, numbers or combination of both.
2.import the same to the civil tools , Road network interface along with the surface levels , it supports import from the cad package or excel
3.do the error checks of the network in the interface for identifying any drafting errors like duplicate numbering, over shoot and undershoot of alignments.
4.Correct the identified errors in the cad package and re import the error free drawing into the interface.
5. Specify the required settings for the design , like maximum and minimum depth of cutting or filling for the design of final formation profile or vertical profile, along with other basic settings.
6.Generate the cross sections for all the alignments in one tab,
7.Create a template for formation or proposed cross section and apply the same for the alignments as required, supports multiple templates.
8.generate a comprehensive drawings for each alignment which includes the plan, profile and cross sections.
9. Generate the complete layout plan with the cross sectional lines onto the plan as a final presentation
10. Extract the quantities for earth works

1.One tool to complete all the required drawings and quantities for a residential layouts or small town ships.
2.Its capability to handle multiple alignments in one go.
3.Supports to identify the drafting errors in the base drawing to make more accurate drawings.

  1. Introduction
  2. Preparing Drawing for Road Network and Export to ESurvey Interface
  3. Import Data from CAD
  4. Processing Data in Civil Tools Interface
  5. Exporting Drawings and Reports


Using Road Design Software’s like ESurvey CADD Section module. Cross Section, Longitudinal Section and Quantities can be generated very easily. However, most of the Road related software, for each road different file to be created and processed. Assume you are working on a layout project where 20 roads are there, you are expected to create 20 files and process them independently. Road Network module of ESurvey Civil Tools addresses this problem. Instead of creating so many different files. Import all the road data into a single file and create all longitudinal Sections, Cross Sections, Quantity Reports in one go.
Follow these steps

  1. In drawing file, create the centre line of roads and assign a unique road name to each centre line
  2. Export all the lines representing centre line and Elevation data (Surface data)
  3. Import road centre line and elevation in ESurvey Civil Tools interface
  4. Automatically design the formation levels or if you want to specifically define the formation level for each road do it either in CAD or in Excel and import it
  5. Create Road Template or Multiple templates in case if you are designing road templates of different properties like width in the same project
  6. Assign Road templates to respective road
That’s it, Road Network Module of ESurvey Civil tools will prepare all the cross sections, longitudinal Sections and quantities in one go. Further, you can export each road data to a specific folder.

You can considerably reduce time to do your projects and also you can compare formation levels at junctions and make appropriate formation level updates before you finally create required drawings.

b.Preparing Drawing for Road Network and Export to ESurvey Interface

Draw required centre lines of all the roads of your project. Keep Survey Data that is Elevation is in ‘Elev’ layer.
Before exporting the centre line data, you have to assign a unique name to each line representing the centre line of the road.

Attach Unique Road name to all network lines using lisp command ATRNL command.
ATRNL will ask you to select the network line and enter the unique line number
ESurvey Road Network To check what name is assigned to a network line you can use RRDNL command
ESurvey Road Network If you want to know the road name assigned to multiple road network lines, Mark Information on the network line using MRRNL command.
ESurvey Road Network In case if you are working on a project having multiple lines and if you want to locate a specific road network line having specific name use FRNL command. When you search a network line, selected line will get highlighted as below.
ESurvey Road Network Export Network lines from CAD to ESurvey Civil Tools Interface
  1. Run EXRNL Command
  2. Select Polylines representing Road Centre lines
After exporting Road Centre line data if you want to Export Ground Levels Keep your Ground level data in “Elev” layer and export using EXEL command.

c.Import Data to Interface from CAD

Open ESurvey Civil Tools application
Go to the File menu and click on New File sub menu

ESurvey Road Network Select Project Type as Road Network and Give File name, then click on the Save button.
ESurvey Road Network Select Road Network menu under Main menu. ESurvey Road Network In ‘Input Alignments’ tab, click on Import bottom→’Import Road Network Centre Lines’ window → click on ‘Alignment Lines’ tab select CAD radial button then click on Import button. ESurvey Road Network In ‘Surface Points’ tab, Select ‘CAD’ option and click on the Import button. ESurvey Road Network

d.Processing Data in Civil Tools Interface

Once the data is imported, first step is to create junctions. Click on Junctions button, In Junctions window, Enter Overshoot/Under Shoot Distance and then, Click Find button. With this operation, all the junctions are derived and ground level at each junction point is updated in the drawing. Information (Easting, Northing, Elevation) about deriving Junction can also be exported to Excel.
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Changing the Properties related interpolating the values along road network line alignments
By default, all the imported roads will have same Chainage Interval, Road Width and Elevation distance at which values to be interpolated as mentioned in Drawing Settings.

Click on the triple dotted button next to Network Line to open “Road Settings” window. If you want to change Chainage interval, Road width and Elevation distance you can do that in this window. You can change for a specific road or you can update the property to multiple selected roads at a time.
ESurvey Road Network Once you decide road properties, Click on Section button, then click Yes option to create cross section for all the alignments (road network lines) in the drawings.
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Designing Formation Level Formation levels can be imported manually from CAD data or from Excel data. The road Network module also allows you to Design Formation level for all network lines at once.

Click on the Formation button in ‘Input Alignment’ tab Formation window will appear, click on Design All button. Design window will open, now select road names for which you want software to design the formation levels automatically by entering maximum cutting depth and maximum filling height value then click on Design button.
ESurvey Road Network The software will create formation levels for all the road network lines.

Viewing Longitudinal Section of each Network line.

Go to ‘Longitudinal Section’ tab and select Network line from formation Group.
ESurvey Road Network If you want to change the formation level as per the project requirements. You can both export the data to excel and then modify the values in Excel then import it back. Another way of deriving formation level is to draw required longitudinal section in CAD and importing.

To import formation Level from Auto CAD refer: Import Formation Level From CAD

Viewing and Updating Cross Section of each Network Line
Click on ‘Cross Sections’ tab and select the road name from Network line drop down. All the chainages for which cross sections are available as per the property of the road defined, cross sections will be listed in ‘Chainages’ group. You can select a particular cross section and view the same.

At this stage, you have cross section levels and also formation level. To find the quantities you have to define and assign Cross Section template for each cross section.

ESurvey Road Network To create and cross section Template, Click on Triple dotted button, next to CS Template drop down and create the cross section template.
ESurvey Road Network Refer: Create CS Template ESurvey Road Network Applying Cross Section Templates to cross sections. Once you create the cross section template, select starting section, ending section and CS Template from the list then click on the Save button. ESurvey Road Network If you click on any cross section you can note that designed cross section template is assigned and in each cross section you can find the area of cutting and filling.
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e.Export Drawings and Reports

Generate Drawings and Reports
Go to ‘Plan Profile’ tab, click on the Report button from quick tools menu. ‘Drawing and Reports’ window will appear, and then select the road network lines for which you want to generate the drawing, area report and volume report. Specify a folder name in which these outputs to be saved and click on the Generate button.

ESurvey Road Network For each road network line 3 reports will be generated a) Area Report – Which will have area calculation for each cross section ESurvey Road Network b) Volume Report – Which will have Total Quantity calculation for a specific Road ESurvey Road Network c) Drawing – Drawing Containing Plan, Profile and Cross Sections ESurvey Road Network
Generating Volume summary report In ‘Plan Profile’ tab, click on Volume Summary button. A volume report summary window will appear. You may export the summary report to excel. ESurvey Road Network
Generate a plan drawing with required offset lines In ‘Plan Profile’ tab, click on Offset layers button from quick tools menu.. In the Offset layer window,
select remarks which you want to be displayed in plan and then click Apply button.
ESurvey Road Network After applying required remarks, you may note that all depending on your selection of remarks, Plan drawing is updated. ESurvey Road Network Generate Toe Point Report Select ‘Comprehensive plan’ tab and wait for a few seconds, a detailed drawing representing all the lines in the road network will be displayed. ESurvey Road Network To export Toe points of each network line, click on the Toe Export icon from a quick tool bar. In ‘Toe Point Export’ window, select alignment names from the list and click on the Export button.
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